Stacking Functions for a Healthy, Vibrant Garden

stacking functions permaculture chicken

When is an apple tree more than an apple tree or a chicken more than a chicken? Stacking functions in your garden or landscape design is an easy way to save water, grow soil, save time, and grow a lush, diverse garden.  Stacking functions is a core permaculture design principle that anyone who wants a […]

In the News: Edible Ecosystem

Cavanagh Center Edible Ecosystem Food Forest

The food forest at our local Cavanagh community center is truly an edible ecosystem delight — a fantastic model. Just a few short years ago, the outdoor space surrounding the Cavanagh Center was lawn city. While Tiffany was on Petaluma City Council, she was a big advocate (and continues to be) for using public dollars and public […]

Small Batch Tinctures Now at the 8th & Bee Farmstand

8th & Bee Small Batch Tinctures

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Petaluma Community Guild Groundwater Forum: Recap and Resources

A crowd of 40-50 rural residents made the trek down to the Hessel Grange hall in Sebastopol on July 25 for an open dialogue with County water experts — about the potential impact of California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) on our rural communities here in Sonoma County. A big thank you to our Guild President, […]

Try these bee-friendly natural dye plants

Stack functions in your garden for beautiful, natural dye plants that provide food for the bees! Watching the transformation of our homestead over the past year really has been a treat. When we first installed the hugelkultur bed and started planting, we were mostly growing food for the kitchen and pantry and some bee forage. […]

What’s the Future of Soil and Compost in the North Bay?


The Petaluma Community Guild hosted a jam-packed public forum at the Petaluma Historic Museum on April 27, 2016 — Compost in the North Bay: A Public Forum & Solution Showcase The event drew a full house of farmers and gardeners to learn about the future of compost and organics diversion in Sonoma County. In addition to the panel of experts, the forum featured an interactive sponsor […]

Petaluma Community Guild Compost Forum: Presentation Slides

Our Petaluma Community Guild hosted another successful public forum on the heels of Earth Day. Compost in the North Bay: A Public Forum & Solution Showcase was held on April 27, 2016 at the beautiful Petaluma Historic Museum. The event drew a full house of farmers and gardeners to learn about the future of compost and organics diversion in Sonoma County. In […]

Compost in the North Bay: A Public Forum & Solution Showcase

Petaluma Grange Compost Forum - April 27 at the Petaluma Museum

Hey North Bay — got compost? Join the Petaluma Grange and soil leaders from around the region for a soil soiree; April 27 in Downtown Petaluma With the closure of Sonoma Compost in October 2015, farmers and backyard gardeners alike have been left to wonder where they’ll continue to get an adequate supply of compost. […]